Rabbi David Felsenthal

Rabbi David Felsenthal

bridging the gap

September 27, 2010, by

I believe that NCSY alumni have the ability to bridge the growing gaps within our society and we just need minimal resources made available to us to do so. I remember the feeling that I could accomplish anything when I was in NCSY fostered by a great chapter advisor Danny Sykes who let us be […]

Alumni Spotlight on Gary Swickley

September 27, 2010, by

Gary Swickley is a Pittsburgh native and was active in Central East NCSY, joining in high school. Upon graduated, he started a Junior NCSY chapter there. Having attended Yeshiva University for his undergraduate education, he went on to Harvard Business School and dabbled in real estate investments. Afterwards, Gary and his wife Pam (and one-year-old […]

Introducing: Gary Swickley!

September 27, 2010, by

Gary Swickley is a Pittsburgh native and was active in Central East NCSY, joining in high school. Upon graduated, he started a Junior NCSY chapter there. Having attended Yeshiva University for his undergraduate education, he went on to Harvard Business School and dabbled in real estate investments. Afterwards, Gary and his wife Pam (and one-year-old […]

Getting Old

August 26, 2010, by

Well I am now officially “getting old” (My brother in law Jon will love this). At the Annual NCSY Staff conference this week they gave out milestone awards for years of service as staff members. !0 years to Moshe Isenberg (greater Midwest); 18 years to Tzali Freedman (Central East) and 25 years to me (Seaboard, […]

Wow, It’s Summer Already

June 22, 2010, by

Wow, it is summer already! So much has happened in the past year such as growing our birthright trips by a multiple of four and connecting hundreds of alumni to Jewish programs on campus. The new NCSY database tracking our participants is starting to really produce good results and most exciting of all we now […]

A couple cute stories

May 26, 2010, by

While getting ready for Regionals this weekend, I had the following thought; no matter how many Shabbatons I go to (and it's been hundreds) I'm always excited about going and nervous about speaking. Since starting the Alumni Department I've cut back to only a few Shabbatons a year and my kids are starting to miss […]

Elu V Elu Divrei Elokim Chayim

April 28, 2010, by

This past week was Yom Ha Atzmaut. Because of my becoming religious through NCSY and going to learn in Yeshiva University in NY, KBY in Israel, Ner Israel in Baltimore and then Aish HaTorah and Ohr Sameach in Jerusalem I've got a very strong but unique attachment to this day. My children, growing up in […]

Don’t Miss The Boat

March 18, 2010, by

Don’t Miss The Boat (Read to the end to see what I mean). Last week NCSY held its winter Regional Directors Conference for Regional Directors and their top staff. It is always a pleasure to be around these dedicated and talented leaders of Klal Yisroel. I was zoche to give a session about the new […]

Living the Dallas Dream

February 24, 2010, by

I feel like I just got back from the alumni version of the “Truman Show.” In Dallas Texas, if you are a community leader and are not an NCSY Alum as a kid, advisor, board member or all of the above, you are the exception not the rule. I was in for the Bar Mitzvah […]